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The 6 Character Changes at Walt Disney World You Need to Know About (February 2017)

Character meet and greets are a big part of what makes a trip to Walt Disney World so special, and in recent months Disney has taken it upon themselves to make a number of improvements and changes to each park's character line-up. While not all of these changes are always popular with guests, Disney is constantly making adjustments to try and make character offerings as diverse as possible while still keeping things running efficiently around the parks.

In this month's character update, we have a bunch of updates on new and expanding character dining updates happening all around Walt Disney World. In addition, a fan favorite character duo could be on the move in the very near future as well. But first, let's take a look at a unique new offering coming to the BoardWalk of all places... 

1. New character dining experience featuring Disney couples coming soon to Trattoria al Forno

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Though there are some great princess-focused character dining options around Walt Disney World, if you have always longed to meet some of Disney's most famous leading men alongside their heroines, you are going to love Disney's newest character dining experience. Taking place at the BoardWalk's Trattoria al Forno, guests will be able to enjoy a character breakfast featuring princes and princesses from TangledThe Little Mermaid, and other Disney favorites. 

Unfortunately, Disney has not confirmed when this new experience will debut, what it will be called or even how much it will cost. However, even though details are scarce at the moment, the thought of having an a new character dining experience that includes both princes and princesses is certainly exciting, and we can't wait to hear more about this new offering before it debuts later this year!  

2. Minnie's Seasonal Dine expands at Hollywood & Vine

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Hollywood & Vine has confirmed that the popular Minnie’s Seasonal Dine character dining experience will be expanded to include both lunch (served from 11:20AM – 3:00PM) and dinner (3:30 PM to park close) beginning later this spring on Sunday, May 14. The popular character dining experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios includes Mickey, Minnie, Donald Daisy and Goofy dressed in fun outfits themed to the different seasons. Special seasonal dishes are also offered during this unique dining experience as well.

Though we initially weren't sure if Minnie's Seasonal Dine would stick around much longer (it was just introduced last year), this seems like a pretty good indication that this character dining experience will be a part of the lineup at Disney's Hollywood Studios for quite a long time. 

3. Disney Junior Play 'n Dine gets downgraded

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Image: Disney

Unfortunately, because of the aforementioned expansion of Minnie's Seasonal Dine, the Disney Junior Play 'n Dine character meal experience at Hollywood & Vine has been downgraded, and is now only available for breakfast, which is served from 8:00 AM through 10:20 AM. Fortunately, Disney Junior Characters like Jake, Sofia, and Doc can still be met throughout the afternoon in the Animation Courtyard, right next to the Disney Junior Live on Stage show, so if you aren't quite ready to start your day off early with these characters, this park still provides plenty of opportunities for little ones to meet their favorites. 

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So, if we already have a Disney Jr. lunch reservation in April for Hollywood and's now going to be the Minnie thing? That's a little disappointing.

I now see the May date in the first point. So, I assume this means the Disney Jr. lunch will remain until then. I hope, anyway.

We made our H&V lunch reservations for early April specifically so we could see Doc, Sofia, and Jake - our kiddos are always intimidated by the one-on-one interactions but love the group setting. I'll be seriously bummed out if that just evaporated.

It is just me, or does Nick Wilde look a bit too excited in that picture? Not sure I could've handled seeing that face in real life as a little kid. Hope Disney tones it down a bit, into a more laid-back look.

They better have Nick and Judy sign books for those who have autograph books.

FYI, I am also hearing a third character may be joining Nick & Judy. I am hearing many things about this, but my best guess is that its gonna be Clawhauser.


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